Team work and an ability to think on the spot are among the attributes of good netball players as Rachael Davies, The Aldbury’s new Dementia Lead, can testify. She competed in the sport at county and regional level, playing for Dorset and South West England, and believes similar ‘team player’ qualities apply when caring for older people.
“We work as one team with residents at the heart of everything,” says Rachael, who has more than 12 years’ experience in NHS mental health nursing and six in specialist dementia care. “Many people in different roles at The Aldbury put in a lot of time and dedication to help deliver excellent care to residents.”
As Dementia Lead, Rachael works closely with the Home Manager and Clinical Lead supervising and role modelling for colleagues, as well as having direct contact with residents.
Rachael describes The Aldbury as ‘amazing’ compared to other care settings. “It can be challenging when you start somewhere new, but everyone has been very friendly, welcoming and helpful. I really enjoy the job already and believe I can bring a great deal to the role. When working in previous roles, I had the opportunity to visit The Aldbury. I’ve always had a good feeling about it because of its great reputation.”
On her personal aims in the job, Rachael says: “I want to make sure that all our residents continue to be treated as individuals. It’s all about providing individualised care suited to their needs and mental well-being. We must always ensure we are working at our best in supporting our residents with seamless care.”
Born in Hertfordshire, Rachael moved to Bournemouth 21 years ago and lives there with her seven-year-old son, Alfie. One casualty of her busy life is, however, scope for netball. “What with work and family, I don’t have so much time for it these days,” she says.